What is the Microsoft Power Platform

The value of Power BI, Power Automate and the whole family

The Microsoft Power Platform combines the capabilities of Power BI, Power Automate, Power Apps, Power Pages and Copilot Studio to give you a digitally connected ecosystem to tackle all your business requirements.

The Microsoft Power Platform is a suite of low-code development tools that allow business users to create custom applications, visualize data, uncover insights, automate processes, and build workflows. It fulfills business needs and improves in-house connectivity and communications without users having to have the technical know-how. The Power Platform brings incredible business value by making sure your processes are running efficiently, and you are achieving your desired outcomes.

Built from the ground up, the Microsoft Power Platform also provides an ideal platform to help IT professionals move faster through collaboration with the business, allowing for the delivery of more solutions with greater efficiency, security, and compliance ease.

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What is the Microsoft Power Platform Value

The Microsoft Power Platform is more than the sum of its parts because when connected to the cloud and other business applications, you can securely build and scale end-to-end business solutions. Comprised of Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, Power Pages and Copilot Studio (replaces Power Virtual Agents), the Power Platform leverages artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation, and mixed reality to connect systems, automate processes, improve data insight, and empower employees to do more.

Microsoft Power BI

Power BI allows organizations to make informed, confident business decisions by putting data-driven dashboards into everyone’s hands through its suite of business analytics tools.

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With over 135 data connectors, users can create the perfect, custom business intelligence solution to meet their business needs. Power BI gives you the ability to generate interactive reports that can be shared amongst other users with enterprise security. Stakeholders will be able to gain and analyze real-time data to make decisions faster and more accurately.

Power BI also makes it easy for users to have self-service business intelligence where they can perform queries and create reports in real-time with little to no reliance on IT. This means the people who need the information from the data that is being collected can perform their own data analysis whenever they need to.

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Microsoft Power Automate

Power Automate is a service that enables companies to boost business productivity by giving everyone the ability to automate organizational tasks and processes across many apps and SaaS services that business users rely on – all without any coding background.

Microsoft Power Platform

Use robotic process automation (RPA) and digital process automation (DPA) coupled with the ability to add AI to reduce repetitive, inefficient tasks for employees, allowing them to focus on strategic, creative work. By deploying Microsoft Power Automate, simplify how employees work in a secure, scalable way while retaining the governance and security your organization requires.

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Microsoft Power Apps

Power Apps enables non-technical business process users to leverage their expertise & knowledge to turn ideas into organizational solutions by enabling everyone to build custom apps that solve business challenges.

Microsoft Power Platform

Microsoft’s Power Apps give users the ability to create the perfect, professional-grade solutions with low-code tools. Use pre-built templates and drag-and-drop functionality to quickly launch custom business applications in no time at all to modernize and streamline processes.

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Microsoft Copilot Studio

Copilot Studio, formerly Power Virtual Agents, is a “no-code” solution used to create AI-powered chatbots that can help enhance the organization’s business processes and engage conversationally with your customers and employees.

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They can be used in numerous ways, including customer service support to trigger an action in a Power Automate workflow, and starting a new workflow process based on preset triggers. Scale your customer support capabilities with automation and artificial intelligence that can respond appropriately and instantly.

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Power Virtual Agents capabilities and features are now part of Copilot Studio following significant investments in generative AI and enhanced integrations across Microsoft Copilot.

The Microsoft Power Platform – A Business User’s Best Friend

The Power Platform has multiple benefits that makes it a go-to for any business need.

  • Quickly and easily view analytics, create applications, and automate workflows to improve business decisions and gain efficiencies.

  • Connect workflows to hundreds of data sources using a library of connectors and Dataverse – bringing your data together for a single source of truth while you uncover insights as well as customize and extend Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure capabilities.

  • Quickly implement administration and development guardrails by deploying a Power Platform Center of Excellence (CoE). A CoE is designed to help organizations develop a strategy for adopting and maintaining the Microsoft Power Platform with a focus on Power Apps and Power Automate. This will allow you to make sure your company has the proper foundation, governance, and best practices in place to get the most out of your Power Platform deployment.

Do More with a Unified Solution

The Power Platform ensures strong data security, compliant app management, and transparent data access across all areas of your business. All the tools within the platform are designed to work with the secure, trusted Microsoft cloud services you use daily: Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365. The Microsoft Power Platform gives technical and non-technical users the tools to take their business expertise to the next level and solve business problems with automation, apps, and artificial intelligence tailored for your organization.

With connectors to hundreds of third-party applications, data, and services, the Microsoft Power Platform suite combines low-code application and website development, workflow automation, AI bot development, and data analytics with broad connectivity throughout the Microsoft Dataverse under a single umbrella, providing your business users with a unified & familiar UI to begin building low-code solutions.

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